A look back at the last five opening day results

An image showing City's previous five matches on the opening day of the season

The countdown is on! The 2024/25 EFL Sky Bet League One fixtures are released on June 26 at 9am!

With that in mind, we're spinning back the clocks. This piece will take a trip down memory lane, looking at how the Grecians have fared in each of their last five opening day outings.

1.  August 5, 2023: Wycombe Wanderers 0 Exeter City 3

Exeter City began the 2023/24 in style with a rampant and convincing 3-0 at Wycombe Wanderers.

Jack Aitchison's strike after 28 seconds set City on their way, before Will Aimson's prod made it two by the 4th minute. James Scott added gloss in the final ten minutes as the Grecians set Adams Park alight.

2.  July 31, 2022: Lincoln City 1 Exeter City 1

Exeter City started life back in EFL Sky Bet League One after a decade, with a very well earned 1-1 draw away to Lincoln City.

As the rain came down 579 Grecians made the 500+ mile round trip to the LNER Stadium for the Grecians first appearance in League One for ten years.

A beautiful goal courtesy of some magic between Jevani Brown and Sam Nombe secured Exeter's first points of the season.

3. August 7, 2021: Exeter City 0 Bradford City 0

Whatever the result was to be, there was a sense of celebration in the air as fans returned to St James Park for the first time in over a year after a Covid-enforced absence. All four sides of the Park was packed with jubilant fans from both sides, many of whom had not seen their teams play since March 2020. 

After a moment’s applause for legendary manager Terry Cooper and life-long City fan and East-Devon Grecian John Lee, the 2021/22 season kicked off.

Cameron Dawson marked his debut with a series of sensational saves to deny the ever-dangerous Lee Angol and earn a deserved Man of the Match.

Timothee Dieng, Jack Sparkes and Matt Jay tested Richard O’Donnell in the away side’s goal and Nigel Atangana went closest for the Grecians late on, but neither side could quite find the finishing touch.

4. September 12, 2020: Salford City 2 Exeter City 2

The Grecians' season began with a trip to promotion favourites Salford City at an eerily quiet Peninsula Stadium. The game would end in a 2-2 draw after a frantic 90 minutes, with City goals coming from Matt Jay and Joel Randall. 

The game started in the worst possible way for Matt Taylor's men as Ian Henderson fired the hosts ahead a little over a minute into the match. In what would be a superb season for him, Matt Jay levelled the scoring with a brilliant individual goal, marauding through the middle before firing low under Vaclav Hladky in the Salford goal. 

12 minutes later and City were ahead, this time through Joel Randall who scored his first League Two goal from close range. Archie Collins' piledriver was tipped onto the bar by Hladky, but Randall was there to turn in the rebound. 

Ash Hunter's volley levelled for the Greater Manchester side in the second half and City travelled back to Devon with a decent point in the bag to start the campaign. 

5. August 4, 2019: Exeter City 1 Macclesfield Town 0

The Grecians kicked-off a new season at St James Park for a third season in a row, as Matt Taylor took charge of his second season in the hot seat at St James Park.

City would pick up their first win of the new campaign with a 1-0 win over Macclesfield Town thanks to a late strike from Ryan Bowman.

It took until the 88th minute for the all-important goal to come, and it came from a Ryan Bowman finish which came from Nicky Law’s effort towards goal.